It Takes A Village

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Tanner LLC presents JA-in-a-Day at Foxboro Elementary

They say it takes a village to raise a child and we know that to be true. This fall, Tanner LLC, an accounting firm in Salt Lake City, closed their business office for the day so the entire staff, 95 in total, could take part in volunteering at Foxoboro Elementary, in the Davis School District, to present JA-in-a-Day.

Junior Achievement could not reach over 85,000 students each year without the support of our business, foundation and individual sponsors. We also couldn’t do it without all the amazing individuals and organizations willing to give of their time to share JA’s three pillars with students throughout Utah: Career Readiness, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship.  But here at JA, we believe that the most important thing these volunteers bring to classroom is not the JA curriculum, but rather their mentorship and caring. Volunteers may not always know the difference that  they have made in a child’s life, but we know that anytime a caring adult is giving their time and support to a child, they have made a immeasurable difference.


Ally Financial in JA City

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Thanks to our partnership with Ally Financial, we are bringing the JA experience to more students in our community!

Ally sponsored students to attend JA City where they were adults-for-the-day and had the opportunity to see what it takes to interview, run a business and work with others in the JA City community.  Thanks Ally for all your support of JA and Utah’s students!

“I like JA BizTown. I wanted to be the meter reader, but they made me be the CFO!” – Casy, Student

“I liked delivering bills because I liked going into all the businesses; that was the best part of JA. I learned to be patient with everything and now I feel prepared to write checks.” – Braeleigh, Student

“We had a lot of kids step in and help each other. JA City has done a great job with constant improvements.” – Jonessa Goates, Ally Volunteer

I was just sitting at Maverick and two students came by. One student was headed to break and the other was headed back to work. The student heading to break patted the other one on the back and said, “You need to get back to work, you’ve got a lot of bills to pay!” I had to laugh. – Becky Anderson, Teacher

Fidelity Job Shadow

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Fidelity Investments in Salt Lake hosted a Junior Achievement Job Shadow event for 45 students from West High School. Students were engaged in hands-on activities taught by Fidelity employees and learned financial and career concepts including saving money early, social media do’s and don’ts, the importance of learning all they can about IT and the importance of education beyond high school. John Hall, Senior Director at Fidelity, was thrilled to present to students at the event opening; he a third generation West High graduate!

JA Job Shadow is a hands-on program where organizations invite high school students to their place of business to the spend the day learning about not only the organization as a whole, but the variety of job and career opportunities available within that organization. They also share with the students the skills and education required to obtain those careers. This unique opportunity opens students eyes to the many possibilities available and exposes them to careers that they may not have realized were possible. JA Job Shadow is truly an interactive and fun opportunity for students to start thinking about their futures.

Thank to all those at Fidelity who participated. Fidelity continues to give back to the communities where its employees work and live.  The company has a strong commitment to education, particularly in financial education and we appreciate their time and effort in providing such valuable experiences for our students. #FidelityCares





STEM Fest 2017

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Junior Achievement was excited to partner with Nelson Labs and the Women in STEM Education (WISE) Committee at Utah STEM Fest to bring hands-on activities to help spark students’ interest in science and science related careers. The WISE committee is made up of 17 women scientists and leaders at Nelson Laboratories who are committed to bringing the passion for STEM careers to youths of all ages.  STEM fest is a 2-day event for 5th-10th grade students held at the South Towne Expo Center, October 3-4, 2017.

The Nelson Labs booth at STEM Fest will have hands-on activities and fun giveaways for students. Activities include a bullseye micropipette game, a nitinol wire demonstration, a microorganism matching game, microscopes to view microorganisms, and a life-size skeleton equipped with real medical devices.

Junior Achievement has put new focus on our involvement in STEM events and programs as part of the Utah STEM and Career Initiative. Our goal is to expose students to a wide range of career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math related fields and help provide them with the resources to begin focusing on and pursuing these career interests at an early age.


Synchrony High-Impact Program

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We were more than excited to kick-off year-two of the Synchrony High-Impact program with the students from Kearns High School with a special event at JA City . . .

What is the High-Impact Program?  In partnership with Synchrony Financial, the High-Impact Program pairs 18 students from Kearns High School, through their sophomore to senior years, with a business mentor from Synchrony.  The objective of this program is to greatly increase the future economic security and work readiness skills of the students involved.  Over the span of the three years, students will participate in Junior Achievement programs including Finance Park, Personal Finance, Career Success, JA Company and Job Shadow, with the aim to provide these students the building blocks and resources necessary to become financially stable and secure, and to provide them with the skills needed to succeed in their future careers.  Students and mentors meet monthly during the school year and participate in several special events as they work together to complete the program requirements.

This week students kicked off year two at JA City with a little help from US Synthetic.  Students participated in a team building exercise, the US Synthetic Lego Challenge, designed to aid them in learning more about team work and problem solving.  This past summer the group also had the opportunity to meet at the Utah Olympic Oval where they not only worked on project requirements, but also spent some time watching speed skating teams from throughout the world!

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide an in-depth, one on one, and certainly life changing experience for this motivated and bright group of students.  Junior Achievement’s mission is to change lives and we couldn’t thank Synchrony Financial, and the dedicated mentors from Synchrony, more for sponsoring and supporting this very special High-Impact Program.

“I want to go into business and finance and the program has given me extra insight into the requirements of the fields I am interested in.  The hardest thing for me is saving . . . this has given me a better understanding of the importance of saving more. My mom didn’t finish high school and didn’t attend college, so having Rich as my mentor, he’s accomplished those things, and it provides me with someone to go to ask questions and get the answers I’m looking for.” – Victoria, Kearns High student

“This is an opportunity to work with young people and ultimately see it through; see what becomes of these students post high school.  Having the opportunity to learn about the students’ backgrounds and meet their family has brought the volunteer experience home in a much richer way and makes it much more meaningful.” – Jeff Schreiber, Synchrony Financial

“I was motivated to participate in the program because of the opportunity to learn new things and I felt comfortable with the mentors when I first met with them.  The most meaningful part of the program so far has been the Job Shadow.  I’m really not a public person but the Job Shadow event gave me an opportunity to talk to adults in a more personal way.” – Moises, Kearns High Student

 “Being more invested drives my engagement and I also believe that the longer term perspective drives the engagement of the students higher, as well. I want to invest my time and energy in something meaningful, impactful and sustainable and for me this program offers that opportunity and we are already seeing dividends.  We have already heard from parents saying they too have learned things from their children bringing these ideas home.” – Rich Bogle, Synchrony Financial